X1.3 solar flare

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 18:16 UTC

X1.3 solar flare

We are still awaiting the arrival of two coronal mass ejections launched by a couple of M-class solar flares from sunspot region 2975. Geomagnetic storm conditions up to the moderate G2 level is expected with even a slight chance of strong G3 storm conditions being possible according to the NOAA SWPC. The impact is expected within the next 3 to 12 hours. But that is not today's headline story actually. Sunspot region 2975 yet again steals the spotlight as it just erupted with a major X1.3 solar flare.

The solar flare peaked at 17:37 UTC with a maximum X-ray flux of X1.38. This is the second strongest solar flare of the current solar cycle thus far. This event will likely launch a coronal mass ejection into space but we await coronagraph imagery to confirm this. Sunspot region 2975 is not center disk anymore so any resulting CME might not hit us head on but an earth-directed component should still very much be possible. Again, we need to await coronagraph imagery before we can make a final conclusion of course. Keep an eye on our social media channels (Twitter and Facebook) and of course our website.

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